Effective August 23, 2021, Indoor Masking is Required in the State of Washington Regardless of Vaccination Status per State Government.

Early Settlement of the Bellingham Bay Area

Join the Whatcom County Historical Society as they return to in-person programs in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall. Wes Gannaway will discuss the early history of the settlement at Bellingham Bay. It is unknown who settled at Bellingham Bay first, but evidence shows that Indigenous villages existed along the shorelines at Cherry Point shortly after the glaciers receded, about 5,000 years ago. As for the first European settlers, Alonzo Poe was at the Fairhaven site in August of 1852 and the Dickenson family was near the mouth of Whatcom Creek in December 1852. Wes will be showing a number of the drawings created by the US Survey of the local area from 1852 to 1858, along with a few photos taken of the upper Salish Sea at that time. Early pictures of the settlement at Bellingham Bay will also be shown.

In-person programs in the Rotunda Room of Old City Hall will have distanced seating with a maximum capacity of 50 people on a first come, first serve basis. When capacity is reached, the Museum will provide a website link to our livestreamed program on YouTube for viewing offsite. Masks will be required for all participants regardless of vaccination status. If you feel unwell or have any symptoms of illness, please tune in virtually to our programs.

Starts: October 14, 2021

Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Admission: $5 suggested donation/free to Museum and Historical Society Members

Location: Whatcom Museum
121 Prospect St., Bellingham, WA 98229

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Contact Person: Whatcom Museum

Phone: (360) 778-8930

Email: info@whatcommuseum.org

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Visitor Center Located at I-5 Exit 253 - Check Hours
904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: 360-671-3990

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